“Can’t a girl have any fun?” Diplomatic Security Service Special Agent Raisa Jordan asks her companion as they dodge the bullets a Russian crew is firing at their wildly careening vehicle. And that’s only the beginning of her fun.
Veteran DSS agent George McClasky has been sent to Guangzhou to escort Kia Zhen, a fugitive suspected of gang membership and espionage, out of the country. When their flight crashes outside Hoholeve, Jordan (Dark Waters, 2015) is called out to take charge of the bodies and whatever sensitive information McClasky was carrying. Since that wouldn’t suit the plans of Vasyl Kozachenko, whose men shot down the plane, he orders Jordan killed. She miraculously escapes, of course, but the corpses in her custody are charred almost beyond recognition. Almost, that is, until DNA testing indicates that neither corpse is Kia Zhen; someone else died in his place. How was McClasky fooled into bringing along someone other than the man responsible for selling priceless military technology to the Chinese, and when was the switch made? There’s no time for Jordan to dwell on such niceties because she’s busy trying to figure out why Reuters correspondent Nye Davis is following her, and whether she can trust him, and what he’s like in bed, and whether he can pull his weight in her increasingly high-powered ops. This last question is answered when he suggests in the middle of one maneuver that a drone could deliver the explosive they need: “A block of C-4 would do the trick….It weighs about 1.25 lbs.”
Goff excels in setting the hook—if you blink, you’ll miss the exposition—and plunging her heroine into one fast-moving action sequence after another. Readers seeking plausibility and great dialogue are advised to move along: nothing to see here.